Sidepodcast // All for F1 and F1 for all

F1Minute // Bitesize Formula One news

Rosberg ahead in Suzuka practice as several drivers spin // Mercedes lead the way whilst others struggle

Published by Christine

Rosberg ahead in Suzuka practice as several drivers spin
Credit: Daimler AG
Rosberg ahead in Suzuka practice as several drivers spin audio waveform
00:01:00
Slow

Nico Rosberg finished Friday practice ahead of his teammate Lewis Hamilton, but the gap was reduced from two tenths of a second in the morning session to just seven hundredths in the afternoon. Behind them Ferrari and Red Bull jostled for position, with Ricciardo missing out in FP2 due to a virtual safety car halting his flying lap.

That was caused by Esteban Gutiérrez who stopped out on track with a turbo problem. Haas endured a difficult day as in FP1, Romain Grosjean tapped the barriers after complaining that his brakes weren’t working.

Fernando Alonso also spun in the morning session, doing damage to the rear wing and exhaust of his McLaren. Jolyon Palmer suffered an electrical issue that kept him in the garage and saw him last on the timesheets.

Finally, in FP2, Kvyat had a supreme spin that was fast but away from the barriers so no damage done there. And Rosberg had a moment waiting at the end of the pit lane that saw smoke wisping from the back of his car, but no further issues arose.